This month is Ramadan Month where all Muslims around the world are fasting. Related to this holy month, I think a recipe of one of my favorite food is a perfect post. Although fasting is about not eating when the sun is still showing her face, but everyone look forward to eat their favorite food as the sun finally set.
Back in 2011, I have shared a recipe to make Kolak (sweet soup made of coconut milk)…I didn’t write the recipe, I was transferring it from another blog. Today is my first time writing a recipe….and trust me, I am terrible at this department!!
My cooking skill comes from my mom who had cooked almost all her life. She never had a ‘real’ recipe, it is always based on hunch…and that passed on to me. So, this recipe I am about to share will have no real measurement….sorry!
What is Balado?
Balado is daily food for Padangenese (people of West Sumatra). WE, Padangnese, use chilli almost everyday. We use it on fried fish, fried potato, fried chicken liver, basically everything that we fry. When we apply this chilly, we call it Balado.
Balado is Padang’s traditional language (Not Indonesian language which is our national language), Lado means chilli, Balado means using chilli.
One of my favorite Balado food is Terong (English translation is Eggplant). I usually made Balado egg Plant without any additional, but someone told me that adding small salted small fishes makes it more delicious…she was right! I like it more with those fishes 🙂
Okay…enough talking, here’s the recipe (mind you, I am not good with writing recipe)
What you need:
- Eggplants (cut it to the size you like)
- Chilli (depends on how spicy you want it to be)
- Salted Teri (I think teri is close to anchovy)
- Fry the eggplants with the white part facing upward, once the purple part becomes a bit brownish, you can turn it.
- Put all the chilli and shallot in a blender to make a puree. Don’t overdo it, we still want to see small pieces of the chilli.
- Put aside all the fried eggplants.
- Fry the small fishes I call teri.
- Fry the chilli (be careful with this! over cook will make the chilli very spicy, not fully cook will also make the chilli very spicy. Well cook is when you see foam around the fried puree.
- Put the fried eggplants and teri into the chilli
- Ready to eat with rice 🙂
All balado basically have the same recipe, all you need to do is change the content. Here are another example of Balado: